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Proposal for ZFEL submitted

06 September 2011

On 31 August, the proposal for ZFEL, the planned new facility at KVI, was submitted in the NWO round for the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities. ZFEL, the Zernike Free-Electron Laser, is an initiative of KVI and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) of the University of Groningen. Partners in the project are the University of Twente, the FOM Institute Rijnhuizen, Eindhoven University of Technology and the VU University Amsterdam. ZFEL can count on broad support in the academic and the industrial world.

ZFEL is a compact nanoscope, with which structures of nanometer size can be imaged and even ‘filmed’. ZFEL will produce ultrashort and ultrabright laser pulses of soft-X-rays, enabling one to picture the movements of molecular structures. This will result in new research fields in physics, chemistry, and biology, with revolutionary potential for scientific discovery as well as technological and social innovation.

ZFEL will be unique in the landscape of present and future planned X-ray lasers with its 1 kHz repetition rate and its compact size. Those are enabled by the X-band accelerator technology, developed by CERN, the exploitation of which is a novelty for such a facility. ZFEL will be an international user facility. First ‘light’ is expected in 2017.

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